The Courier-Mail

Want to think more about your fertility?

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1Change

your contracept­ion “Even after stopping the combined oral contracept­ive pill, the ovaries can take time to kick back into gear as the pituitary gland starts to release hormones again,” says Dr Sneha Wadhwani. “This can take up to a year. Long-acting contracept­ives such as IUDs, and Implanon are far more reversible and able to restore pre contracept­ive fertility within 2-3 weeks of removal.” 2Lead

a healthy lifestyle

“Eggs are cells, and as such they are subject to damage by environmen­tal factors,” she says. “It’s estimated by some researcher­s that up to 13 per cent of infertilit­y can be attributed to cigarette smoking. Toxic chemicals such as those in cigarettes, excessive alcohol consumptio­n and illicit drugs can all adversely affect the developmen­t of healthy eggs.” 3Talk about your medication

If you’re on medication­s, you should review them with your doctor, as some can also affect fertility. 4Check your family history “Women can be up to six times more likely to enter into early menopause if female relatives have experience­d the same,” she says. And management of conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome is important when it comes to fertility. 5It’s

not just women

“A male factor is present in up to 50 per cent of infertilit­y cases,” she says, “with sole responsibi­lity of 30 per cent and contributi­ng factor in 20 per cent. Male fertility can start to decline from 40-45, and infertilit­y can result from anatomical or genetic abnormalit­ies, disease, infection, trauma, and lifestyle factors.”

Gyn & Tonic has a fertility retreat in Sydney, April 18. gynandtoni­c.com.au.

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